The hotel chain Extended Stay America has partnered with the American Cancer Society in an unprecedented donation – 40,000 free or significantly reduced hotel rooms for cancer patients. Over the course of two years, Extended Stay America will provide a home away from home from those traveling for life-saving cancer treatments. The partnership, called Keys of Hope, is intended to alleviate the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program, as it is often operating at full capacity. Extended Stay America’s donated rooms expand that capacity immensely, while curating a pleasant, home-like environment for those struggling with the burdens of fighting cancer.
“What is more important than the gift of life?
Since beginning in November 2011, Baby Quest Foundation, a 501 c (3) charity, has awarded grants to 30 couples having difficulty conceiving. With most assisted reproduction not covered by insurance and 7.3 million Americans yearly seeking help for infertility, there is a growing need for financial assistance for infertility. There are now 7 Baby Quest babies with 6 current pregnancies and several recipients currently undergoing procedures. The charity is completely volunteer and has awarded more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind donations,” (story submitted by member).
Baby Quest exists to help grant would-be parents their dream – a healthy, living, breathing, child. Something so small that for so many, is out of reach due to fertility issues, same-sex couples, or singles wishing to conceive.
Put your hands together for Michelle C., our super shopper, who raised $218 for her cause, The Cat House on the Kings!
The Cat House on the Kings is the largest cat sanctuary in California! It’s a no-kill, cage free shelter on a beautiful property on the Kings River. The Cat House is focused on placing cats in safe, loving homes and educating the public about responsible pet ownership. The founder of The Cat House has a remarkable story to tell – the transformation from bringing home a box of 15 kittens in 1992 to sheltering over 700 cats today is pretty incredible.
Brought to you by Rice Force natural moisturizing skincare. Michelle will be receiving the Rice Force 3 piece full size moisturizing regimen with retail value of $260.
Twillory has teamed up with the charity CareerGear to make donating used clothing SO MUCH EASIER! With every Twillory purchase, they include a pre-paid mailer bag for you to put all of your old dress shirts. Twillory takes the old shirts, inspects them, launders them, and then donates them to CareerGear to be distributed to those in need.
The partnership between Twillory and CareerGear brings the donation process right to your doorstep, making it so much easier to get those old clothes out of your closet. And, on the flip side, your repurposed clothing will help the unemployed, homeless, and disaster-stricken, giving them one less thing to worry about.
Sy’s Fund is a tribute to, Silas “Sy” River Bennett, a courageous, creative, and determined young man who lost his life to cancer in 2008 at the age of 29. Sy was an aspiring journalist who turned to photography throughout his fight with cancer to keep his passions alive. Sy’s Fund pays tribute to his memory by helping young adults with cancer to pursue their creative dreams and hobbies, helping to find joy and purpose during an extremely challenging time.
Silas “Sy” River Bennet
Along with meaningful gifts like laptops, cameras, and art supplies, Sy’s Fund promotes integrative therapies such as reflexology, acupunture, and therapeutic massage. Their goal is to ease the tension and distress of fighting cancer and help inspire young people to continue pursuing their dreams.
Cassandra R. raised $264 in one month for her cause, Small Paws Rescue!
Small Paws is one of the preeminent Bichon Frise dog rescues in the country! They have rescued over 10,000 Bichons in the sixteen years they have been operating. They take great pride in their work to care for, treat, and adopt out their pups. Their visibility has gone up and up, with appearances on Animal Planet and Fox and Friends, along with others, raising awareness of the great work done by Small Paws Rescue. Small Paws has been with iGive for fourteen years and in that time they’ve raised over $19,300 for their Bichons!
Robin Pressnall, Executive Director of Small Paws Rescue
For her efforts, Cassandra will receive a $150 e-certificate from Canvas World!
Harmony House for Cats has been with iGive since almost our very beginning, they joined in 1998! They’ve been sheltering, feeding, rehabilitating, and adopting out cats for much longer however. As Chicago’s second oldest no-kill shelter, Harmony House has gone from a loose network of volunteers housing cats in their homes in 1970, to a three floor unit downtown in 1988, to their very own brand new, cutting edge, eco-friendly shelter in 2012. Through its on-going relationship with iGive, Harmony House has earned $8200 over the years. The money is put to great use, helping over 130 cats on any given day to survive, be healthy, and find their forever homes.
Harmony House’s new eco-friendly shelter
Harmony House submitted this story of one of their most recent rescues, “J.J. Subway, a cat found riding a rapid transit train in a carrier by himself. A Good Samaritan took him to a nearby pet store who then called Harmony House for admission. It is likely that he belonged to a homeless person that could no longer care for him. He received a full exam with vaccinations, and had a broken tooth removed. He will soon be ready for adoption into a new home of his own.”
If you happen to be in Chicago and want to learn more, check out the Harmony House Kitty Summer Social this Sunday!
Do you wanna get out there and DANCE?!? Because now’s your chance! Zumba Fitness is running an ongoing fundraiser to support research on ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which leaves people unable to move. To fight back, Zumba has orchestrated a two-pronged approach to their initiative, called Together We Dance.
Zumba is selling Together We Dance gear and with every sale donates 30% of the profits to a non-profit called Augie’s Quest (focused on research for ALS). The big fundraiser isn’t merchandise however, it’s dancing! Zumbathon events take place all over the world, hosted by a certified instructor, from which 75% of all ticket sales is donated to Augie’s Quest. To date, Zumba has raised $40,000 for the fight against ALS.
This month is a double whammy of a super shopper! Not only did Rachel P. raise $254 for her cause in one month, but that money was earned off of another donation! Rachel’s cause, Le Sueur-Henderson Dollars for Scholars, was very excited about the super shopper win:
“That is great – This is one of those pay it forward kind of moments. Rachel is a music teacher who was given a donation to purchase musical instruments for the school. She in turn used iGive to purchase them, which gave us an awesome donation of $250.00. We in turn will be putting that money towards scholarships that we give out to graduating seniors from Le Sueur-Henderson High School in the Spring of 2016.”
To keep paying it forward, iGive has partnered with b-glowing to award Rachel with a $234 Erno Laszlo’s Iconic 4 Step Ritual for her valiant efforts.
FSAstore.com is donating to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life! The online medical supply store has dedicated 5% of every purchase over $50 to fund cancer research. Relay For Life is one of the premier fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. Every year, communities across the globe come together to “honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.” By donating part of their profits to Relay For Life, FSAstore.com is giving to an event that means so much to so many, and helping fund research towards preventing cancer.
On FSAstore.com, use the promo code: HOPE1 and they will donate 5% of every purchase over $50. On top of that, you will earn a $25 promo code (for a future purchase)! Not to mention the normal 2.4% Donation to Your iGive Cause! Through May 17th, FSAstore.com will be proudly supporting the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life.